Hospitality and Tourism Specialist

Highline College
For more information about duration, please contact the college.
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
Des Moines

About this program

Hospitality and Tourism Specialist Certificate

Hospitality and Tourism (HOST) is the world s largest business. In fact, 20% of every job on the planet is involved with hospitality and tourism in some manner! Many of the jobs available in hospitality tourism are niche areas that demand a creative mind. Are you that mind? Perhaps you are creative enough to craft your own learning plan, with assistance from a myriad of qualified industry professionals of course.

This certificate allows you to work with an advisor to tailor your niche interest into a certificate that is specific to the emphasis area of hospitality and tourism that you are most interested in. Whether this is sales and marketing, casinos, cruise lines, sustainable ecotourism, or nearly anything else in hospitality – this certificate can be tailored to your needs!

Admission requirements

  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in each core course to attain a certificate or AAS.
  • Not all classes are offered every quarter, at night, online, or on the weekends.
  • This program offers flexible registration and open-entry enrollment.
  • Coursework is highly interactive and can include field-based internships.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Professional-Technical Core Courses

  • Career Planning and Preparation
  • Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism
  • Any additional combination of HOST courses

Please check the program webpage for more information about its courses.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


Please visit the college website for more information about tuition fees


  • Utilize the fundamental vocabulary and operating principles of the hospitality/tourism industry.
  • Conduct themselves in accordance to professional ethics and values of the hospitality/tourism industry.
  • Explain and employ principles of professionalism and best practices relevant to hospitality/tourism industry.
  • Communicate effectively through listening, speaking and writing to diverse audiences in the hospitality/tourism industry.
  • Identify suitable employment opportunities by matching personal and professional interests and abilities with positions within the hospitality/tourism profession.
  • Explain the importance of professionals in the hospitality/tourism industry keeping current with news and emerging trends through conference/tradeshows, professional literature, electronic sources, etc.
  • About this institute

    Highline College

    Highline College prides itself as being the 5th most diverse college in the entire USA. It is located in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, which is home to renowned national parks, a stunning coastline and peninsula, a rainforest, the North Cascade...

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    Why study at Highline College

    • Award-winning college (ranked in the top 150 community colleges in the USA in 2021)
    • Individual advising to help you meet your goals
    • New on campus student housing
    • University Transfer Pathways with many four-year university partners
    • Over 120 programs, certificates and degrees and still growing
    • U.S. high school diploma awarded after completing a 2-year degree with no additional requirements.
    • Active student life with many activities, programming, communities and leadership opportunities
    • Beautiful location just next to Seattle and the Puget Sound waterway
    • Internship &, scholarships opportunities
    • Unique OPT, CPT and internship opportunities

    Contact info

    Highline College

    2400 S 240th St
    98198 Des Moines WA
    United States of America

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